Monday, July 18, 2011

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway and ART SAVES

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

My daughter Nelly's Journal Circle Theme is Words to Live By.  These words are the most life changing words for me ever.   In the late 80's I read this book "Feel the fear and do it anyway" by Susan Jeffers.  Just a simple message but for me at the time I was going through some insecurities and it was so powerful for me.  Sometimes you read a book and it changes your whole life.  This was one of those books.
It is something I say to myself all the time. I say it to anyone that I feel is struggling. If you have time to read it. It is such a simple read. Even if you don't like to read it is simple.  It may just change your life. What do you have to lose.  Feel the fear and do it anyway.  Love that!

So anyway, the reason I made this painting in this style is because it is a style that I struggle with.  I have taken classes with Jesse Reno and Flora Bowley.  I took those classes knowing that I struggle with that kind of free painting.  Seeeeee I felt the fear and did it anyway!  I have learned a lot of valuable things from those classes.  So if I would have let my insecurities get the best of me I would not have learned some new tools.

Also, I will be having surgery on my foot tomorrow. Ahhhhhh!!!! Dr Skip will be repairing my Achilles Tendon and removing some bone spurs.  I had my right foot done 3 years ago.  It was a long recovery but so worth it!! So I am choosing to feel the fear and do it anyway. I am choosing to think of all the walking and exercise I will be able to do after this is healed. It will change my life.  I was an athlete in my younger days. My sister Jamie and girlfriend Dolly use to run 6 to 8 miles a day.  I am paying for it today. But I will look forward to the day when I can at least walk (not run) 6 to 8 miles.  I crave exercise!! Yes I am one of those crazy ones.  Love the rush of adrenaline. I will be able to shed these unwanted pounds and be thin again.

Art Saves



 I read the Art Saves Book from Jenny Doh last week on vacation. It was wonderful.  

I also wanted to let you know that on August 22, 2011 I will be the Guest Curator and also have my Art Saves story on the Internet magazine Cresendoh.
Talk about excited!!!! When I was asked by Jenny to participate I was jumping for joy.  Literally!!! Not kidding!!! I called every relative and friend I knew.
What an honor.  So check it out!!!
All because I sent a blog post to Jenny .
I love you Jenny Doh!!!!
Again!!!! I felt the fear and did it anyway!

So if there is something that you want to do that you let fear get in the way.
Feel the Fear and do it anyway.
Everyone is scared. Just feel and do anyway.

XXXOOO Everyone!  See you in about a week. I figure that is how long it will take for me to get out of my fog!!!
Wish me luck!!!



27 comments :

Sunny Carvalho said...

Yay for you, Heather!!! You are really climbing some walls and you are FEARLESS! I am so excited for you on your Cresendoh curation. Good luck with your surgery, I know you will be so much better after the recovery.

craftattack said...

Too true! Good luck with your operation, and hope you are soon able to be active again! Hugs, Valerie

Joan said...

Just heard a great acronym for fear: Feeling Excited And Ready!

Louise Gale "Dream-Inspire-Create" said...

WOW art saves - that is fab, congratulations my friend.Good luck with the operation xxx

Netty said...

Loving your painting and your mantra.
Good luck with the op. Annette x

Reflections said...

Best of luck with your surgery. Art Saves is fabulous, congratulations!

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

I'm going to look up that book! It sounds great. I wish you the fastest healing possible. You and your work is an inspiration for me. Congratulations on the Cresendoh mag, that is just fabulous news! Be well :)

xxoo, Jaime

art2cee2 said...

Love the saying...and glad you live by it. Hope your surgery goes well. And by the way your painting is lovely! :-)

Diane said...

First off--BIG congratulations on being the guest curator at Cresendoh!!
And next--thank you for telling me to feel the fear and do it anyway--I LOVE it!!!
(and you have nothing to fear--your art is always refreshing!)

B @ Sweet Limes said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this!

Cowgirl Red said...

This piece is marvelous. "Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway" What a triumphant mantra. I'm borrowing it. I wish you a speedy and healthy recovery. And look forward to your post on being the guest curator for Cresndoh. xoxoxo Terah

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Hi Heather,

Hope your surgery went well and hope you have a speedy recovery!
Love this new piece and I can relate to that saying!
Hugs

Julie Jordan Scott said...

What an exciting time for you! Your work is lovely and wow, guest curation!

So glad I found you via CED2011 today. I feel so blessed and abundant!

Gloria said...

Love yo painting Heather. Very nice. I hope your recovery period goes by fast and you are able to get back into your exercise program. It is a rush of adrenaline. I've got to get back into it too. Good luck and great painting.

Julie said...

How exciting! And I love your painting.

Joni Nickrent said...

Wonderful painting...inspired and beautiful! Congrats on your guest feature! Popping by from PPF! POP ART MINIS

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Prayers and healing energy coming your way ~ Love your artwork ~ Wonderfully done, original and whimiscal ~

New to PPF ~ Come vist at Share the Creative Journey and A Creative Harbor ~ hugs, Carol

La Abela said...

Course in art and all things in life you have to take the plunge and overcome the fear (often better than we think). A greeting and I hope you recovered soon

Helen said...

Loving the art - it's good to do something you don't normally do! Good luck with your op. My mum had a similar op a month ago - had bone spurs removed even though she had to fight hard to get them to do the op and she is now on the road to recovery. Here's to being able to do what you love when you're healed. Happy PPF x

Jenny Blair said...

What an inspiring post...I love your mantra, its so true! Such a lovely painting too, I love how you casually mention your classes with Jesse Reno and Flora Bowley :) Amazing!!(and so is your fantastic guest feature woww!) Hope your healing is swift and speedy x

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

What a beautiful piece of art and blog post. It feels so wonderful to work through the fear, right!? Thank you for sharing this post...it is inspiring. I am looking forward to seeing your feature on Cresendoh. So exciting!!

Melisa said...

What a great post! Me, I usually feel the fear and then find something easier or more familiar or safer. I think it is wonderful, and very inspirational, that you are not letting fear make your decisions for you. Good luck and speedy healing with your surgery.

EVA said...

Congratulations!

Love the painting and you are so right - those are indeed inspiring words.

Hope your surgery goes very well and that you heal rapidly!

SHERI C said...

Your painting and it's message are beautiful. HAPPY PPF!

carlarey said...

Good luck on the surgery, hope everything goes well.
Love this journal page.

Phoenix Peacock said...

good for you! this is such a lovely, heart felt and inspiring post. Thank you!

Geckostone said...

Just want to say your painting came out wonderful and thanks so much for recommending the book , I will have to pick it up, it sounds wonderful! Another book that has helped me alot with fear is called "The Choice For Love" by Emmanuel. Its about how there is only fear and love and everything stems from one or the other and we can always choose love!!!(and even if we still feel the fear, love anyway, lol!) I'm posting this late so I already know you are recovering , yipeeeeeeee!!!So glad!!! Deb